Katy from Modly Chic, the hostess of Fashion Beauty Friend Friday, said she’s been inspired by the courage of bloggers (one of them is superstar Sal from Already Pretty) who are quitting their “day jobs” and blogging full-time. These brave moves sparked Katy’s questions for the week, about inspiration and aspiration. Here’s my take:
1. Fess up – if you could do anything professionally what would it be?
If I could get paid for being a movie critic or philosopher, that would be most wonderful. I love to think and analyze, and I like to work alone or with one/two other people. No crowds for me, please! But in reality, I have found my dream career, in the mental health field. It suits my temperament and (I hope) my gifts. I love to go to work, and uncover what in the broad sweep of human concerns might face me for the day.
2. What draws you to this?
To the fantasy jobs: writing, thinking, solving problems and looking at situations from all angles. For my real job – all those things, with a side of helping people and making a difference (again, I hope!)
3. When did you first start dreaming about this ideal?
A long, long time ago.
4. What’s holding you back from going all in?
Nothing! I left a well-paid (miserable, stifling) corporate job at age 37 and started graduate school. I began my second (happy, fulfilling) career at 40 and haven’t looked back, even though my current income is about half of my corporate pay.
5. Sometimes the first step is the hardest… what’s one step you can take now on the way to realizing your dream?
I am so fortunate to be living the dream in most respects. I live out my fantasy jobs via my hobbies, and by pestering my friends and relations with my annoying ideas.
Visible Monday Reminder: Monday August 22nd is Visible Monday, a group posting for anyone who’d like to participate. The simple guidelines are here. Basically, just post something that makes you feel wonderful/visible, and link to it via my Monday post. Easy and fun.